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Special care community hearing tabled

Whitehall Township Board of Commissioners intended to begin the April 5 workshop meeting with a conditional use hearing of an item discussed during January’s board meeting but tabled at the applicant’s request.

Developers are seeking approval to turn property at 1995 Schadt Ave. into a special care community.

The board learned the hearing has been tabled once again at the request of the applicant. It is now scheduled for June.

Bill No. 8 and No. 9 are both purchases that will come out of the Lafarge fund, as discussed during the March board meeting. Bill 9 will authorize the reconstruction of South Lehigh Avenue, while Bill 8 will approve the purchase of a hydraulic snowblower for the public works bureau.

Originally, only Bill 9 was going to be pulled from the Lafarge fund, but board Vice President Joseph Marx Jr. amended the request during the March meeting because the fund was meant for public works equipment. The board is likely to pass both bills during next week’s meeting.

The Whitehall Police Department is requesting the purchase of two 2021 Dodge Charger vehicles and two 2021 Dodge Durango vehicles for the patrol division. The board is required to review and approve all purchases that exceed $25,000. No additional comments were made.

Mayor Michael Harakal Jr. is looking to apply for a grant in Resolution 3158. The application will go to Lehigh County and will help with community development.

Board President Philip Ginder asked for more information such as what the grants are for and if they could be used for things like road work. Lee Rackus, township planning, zoning and development bureau chief, said the grant comes with some restrictions and its purpose is to serve accessibility points, such as ramps.

She added this will not be a problem as there are many ramps requiring maintenance attention throughout the township.

Several commissioners had off-agenda questions for Frank Clark, the board engineer. Most of the questions needed to be redirected to Pennsylvania Department of Transportation or other developers.

Ginder requested an update on sidewalk development on Mechanicsville Road. Clark reported progress is being made in acquiring the property needed to install sidewalks. More information is expected in the future.

The board of commissioners next meets 7 p.m. April 12 to vote on the items discussed at the workshop. To attend virtually, visit the Whitehall Township website and find the link under Whitehall News on the main page.